Pro Audio Allen TX

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Cline Music Co Inc
(972) 424-9003
901 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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ARM Entertainment Solutions
(972) 549-1049
5100 Eldorado PkwySte 102 #584
McKinney, TX
Services
Central Vac, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Marantz, InFocus, Sharp, Toshiba, Grey Fox, NetStreams, Jamo, Proficient Audio, M&S, Channel Vision, Caddx, etc...
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Kelly Wells, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Safe & Sound
(972) 647-2474
3001 S. Hardin Blvd.Ste. 110
Mckinney, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
Marantz,Denon,Onkyo,Triad,Kef,Jamo,Niles, Draper,Samsung, Panasonic,NEC,Toshiba,Fujitsu, Active Thermal Management, Panamax, Phillips.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jason Merrick, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Jesse Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Hi-End Theater & Audio
(972) 208-4382
7508 San Jacinto Place
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio

Stereo East
(972) 335-5122
9150 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 
Audience Inc.
(214) 726-9089
4906 Shady Knolls Drive
Parker, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
AMX, Crestron, Elan, Escient, Lutron, Sunfire, Martin Logan Samsung, Denon, Sharp, Velodyne, Universal Remote Controls, Chief, KEF, Monster Cable, Stewart, Middle Atlantic, Xantech, Leon.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jonathan Jolley, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Enthusiasts Choice A/V Systems
(469) 450-5607
1812 Cotton Mill Drive
McKinney, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, SpeakerCraft, Sharp, Samsung, Chief, Yamaha, Lutron, Optoma, Da-Lite, Velodyne, Mitsubishi, Sonance, Vutec, URC, Harmony, Atlantic Technology, Gefen, Polk
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grant Wilson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(214) 250-5939
8720 State Hwy 121 Ste 112
McKinney, TX
 
Modia
972- 40-4950
7300 Lone Star DriveSuite 120
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Bose Showcase Store
(469) 633-1083
The Shops at Willow Bend,6121 West Park Blvd.
Plano, TX
 
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Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

 

Computer Audio has become the new rage in audio and for good reason: one has an easy and instant access to all their music as well the ability to search out countless other titles via the internet.  The issue is simply where to start, though the answer is quite obvious: get a computer, rip and store the files, and then play them back to some DAC. Of course being audiophiles …err the nuts we are… the questions start to pile up rather quickly.

Mac or PC, and then once you got that settled, there is all the minutiae related to just setting-up that computer’s OS and configuration. Then comes how best to rip and how best to save the files, and then to where? Okay, so now that I have my files, how best to play them back and how best to get the files out of the computer and to what DAC? Yadda, yadda, yadda… each question leads to further questions to clarify the previous that then lead to other questions that suggests another question and …a downward spiral down into the rabbit hole we go.

So I went to the 2009 CES and found not only a wealth of information, but a wealth of confusion or at the very least, a wealth of disagreement among those that are either in the recording/software side, the hardware-side, and/or the "expert" sides of computer audio. Now CES is not the best place to get all the answers… time is an issue as is finding all the people to ask, so I came up with 10 ‘key" questions (these are my 10, you may have others or perhaps might not find these of any benefit to you, but I chose them because they are of interest to me and besides they reflect the most common or important areas that seem to pop-up whenever one talks about computer-based audio, so go pound silicon if they don’t work for you.) and emailed them to 12 people in the industry to answer. Their responses are here...

1. Let's start with interfaces; the obvious choices are USB, Firewire, Optical, and S/PDIF. What is your opinion on any of these interfaces? What if any, are the advantages or disadvantages of one over the others in terms of resolution, jitter, etc.?

These are all digital interfaces. From a technical perspective, they should perform the same since they carry the exactly same binary digital data. From an audiophile jitter perspective Toslink/Optical is worse than AES/S/PDIF because of the electric to optical conversion. USB and Firewire are mostly computer interfaces. Firewire has been used in professional audio and video industry a very long time for obvious reasons. Although I don't deny USB can also work as good for stereo 24/96 or even 24/192 if you know the technique, since firewire can easily work for 24 channels at 24/192, well that is clearly my choice.

2. With regards to software there are also strong opinions as to some being vastly superior (or for that matter, inferior) to others; people clearly hear differences in...

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